NHS Wales


NHS Wales
The logo of NHS Wales

NHS Wales (Welsh: Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol Cymru (GIG Cymru)) is the publicly funded healthcare system of Wales and is the responsibility of the devolved Welsh Government.

NHS Wales was originally formed as part of the public health system for England and Wales created by the National Health Service Act 1946 with powers over the NHS in Wales coming under the Secretary of State for Wales in 1969. Responsibility for NHS Wales was passed to the Welsh Government under devolution in 1999 and has since then been the responsibility of the Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services.[1]

NHS Wales provides emergency services and a range of primary care, secondary care and specialist tertiary care services. District General Hospitals provide outpatient, inpatient and accident and emergency services and a network of community hospitals are run by GPs. Specialist hospitals provide services such as burns units, plastics and cardiac surgery. NHS Wales also funds GP services, dental services, pharmacies and sexual health services. Community services are also provided which includes district nurses, health visitors, midwives and community based speech therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.[2]


Contents

Structure

There are seven regional Health Boards in Wales and three national NHS Trusts.[3] Each Health Board is responsible for delivering all NHS healthcare services within a geographical area. The three NHS Trusts, called 'All Wales Trusts' operate nationwide agencies and services; they areservices,< Welsh Ambulance Service,[4] Velindre NHS Trust[5] providing specialist cancer services and Public Health Wales.[6]

The current Health Boards were created on 1st October 2009 following a reorganisation of NHS Wales that saw the abolition of 22 Local Health Boards (LHBs) and seven NHS Trusts that had existed since 2003.[7] Since the reorganisation Health Boards are responsible for delivering all NHS services, rather than the two-tiered Trust and LHB system that existed previously.

Wales' largest teaching hospital, the University Hospital of Wales based in Cardiff is the largest hospital outside London and third largest in the United Kingdom.

Other NHS Wales bodies

Another important organisation in the structure is Health Commission Wales. This is an executive agency of the Welsh Government whose primary role is to centrally organise and fund all tertiary care and other highly specialist services. It also provides advise and guidance about specialist services to other parts of NHS Wales.

NHS Wales Informatics Service, established in April 2010 is also an agency of the Welsh Government. It is responsible for the strategic development of Information Communications Technology (ICT), the delivery of operational ICT services and information management.

NHS Direct Wales/Galw Iechyd Cymru provides a non-emergency telephone health advice and information service. It operates 24 hours a day every day of the year with callers being given the option of communicating in Welsh or English. NHS Direct Wales is part of the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

There are seven Community Health Councils in Wales which monitor the quality of the NHS services provided within a Health Board area and provide information about available services to the public.

Staff

NHS Wales provides public healthcare in Wales and employs some 90,000 staff, making it Wales’s biggest employer.[8] It employs a wide range of staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives and paramededics well as allied health professionals such as technicians, microbiologists, radiographers and pharmacists. Staff in its support services include administrative staff, estates and management staff, catering and domestic support staff.

Most staff working for NHS Wales, including non-clinical staff and GPs (most of whom are self-employed) are eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme which, from 1 April 2008, is an average-salary Pension Defined benefit plans|defined benefit scheme.

See also

References

External links

  • [1] NHS Wales website
  • [2] Welsh Government website
  • [3] NHS Direct Wales

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • NHS Direct Wales — is a 24 hour telephone and internet health advice service provided by NHS Wales to enable people to obtain advice when use of the national emergency telephone number (999 or 112) does not seem to be appropriate but there is some degree of… …   Wikipedia

  • NHS — may refer to: Contents 1 Healthcare 2 Schools 3 School disambiguation pages 4 Other uses Healthcare …   Wikipedia

  • Wales — This article is about the country. For other uses, see Wales (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service Division — The Counter Fraud and Security Management Division protects the staff, assets and resources of the National Health Service in England and Wales. Since 1 April 2006 it has been a division of the NHS Business Services Authority, a special health… …   Wikipedia

  • NHS trust — A National Health Service trust provides services on behalf of the National Health Service (NHS) in England and NHS Wales. The trusts are not trusts in the legal sense but are in effect public sector corporations. Each trust is headed by a board… …   Wikipedia

  • NHS hospital trust — An NHS hospital trust, also known as an acute trust is an NHS trust that provides secondary health services within the English National Health Service and in NHS Wales. Hospital trusts are commissioned to provide these services by NHS primary… …   Wikipedia

  • NHS Trusts — National Health Service Trusts (NHS Trusts) provide many services of the National Health Service in England and NHS Wales. They are not trusts in the legal sense but are in effect public sector corporations. Each trust is headed by a board… …   Wikipedia

  • NHS Pension Scheme — The NHS Pension Scheme is a large pension scheme for people who work for the English NHS and NHS Wales. It is administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, a special health authority of the Department of Health of the United Kingdom. The… …   Wikipedia

  • NHS care trust — An NHS care trust, is a type of NHS trust in the English National Health Service and NHS Wales that provides both health and social care. They may carry out a range of services, including social care, mental health services or primary care… …   Wikipedia

  • NHS Direct — is the health advice and information service provided by the National Health Service (NHS) for residents and visitors in England, with advice offered 24 hours a day, every day of the year through telephone contact on the national 0845 46 47… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.